Personal Tutoring for Students

First of all I want to say, the skill of drawing and painting, contrary to popular belief, is a totally transferable skill which can be learnt by any one. Full stop. Natural talent (if you’re lucky enough to have it) can only take you so far, eventually it all comes down to knowing the right information coupled with relentless practice. The only things you do need are the desire and passion to learn. Along with a healthy dollop of patience on top! (Although a pencil and paper helps too…)

“to anyone who has slaved to acquire skill in their art, it is most irritating to have their ability referred to as a ‘gift’… to learn to draw is to draw and draw and draw…” Andrew Loomis

I would like to have the opportunity to teach and pass on this information to you.  No tricks or secrets or magical paints here. Learning to draw and paint is like mastering any skill, be it a language, or an instrument, or a sport. Start slow with the fundamental basics. Then, when these have been mastered to a degree of autonomy, begin to take small steps forward by learning a new skill bit by bit, and so on.

The best analogy of this would be for anyone who has learnt to drive. If you’re anything like me, in the beginning you think you’re never going to get it. Then eventually after plenty of practice things just click! You still have bad driving days, get road rage and mess up now and then; but you learn to deal with situations as they arise and react to them without having to think about those fundamentals you learnt on your very first few lessons. That is exactly like drawing and painting. You don’t sit down with amazing talent you’re born with and then quickly learn to draw everything in the universe off by heart. You master the fundamentals and then react accordingly to your subject, always questioning your approach and figuring out your next move like the worlds most exciting puzzle!

These fundamentals in art are tried and tested methods and to some degree scientific information that will improve your drawing and painting. It has all been been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years. Passing to me from my tutors at the Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art, from their tutors at the Academy of Realist Art Toronto, and their tutors etc. going all the way back through Michael John Angel, to Pietro Annigoni, to Jacques Louis-David and the 19th Century French Academies.

I therefore teach exactly how I have been taught; with each student being given one to one guidance along with friendly critiques and demonstrations for each task I set them. I aim to tailor my teaching for each students personal goals from the budding ‘hobbyists’, students at College or University, to professional artists.

Please contact me to discuss any tuition you may want.  Call me and come into my studio to have a brew and a chat to see what I do and can offer you. My teaching hours are flexible and can be fitted around you and your needs with a self paced curriculum.

I can take you through the full Art Atelier training:

  • Light Logic – to be able to see how light and shadow work in nature to be able to create 3D form convincingly on a 2D surface
  • Charles Bargue Drawing Course – ‘Bargue Plates teach students proportion, values, and other essential drawing skills, and are used by contemporary artists to increase their visual literacy. Many of the lessons found in these plates are used by contemporary artists in their artwork. In fact, even abstract artists such as Pablo
    Picasso studied Bargue Plates.’ M Hallenius

  • Figure Drawing Basics – Learn how to capture motion and form using comparatitive measurement drawing

  • Master Copy Drawings & Paintings

  • Colour Mixing Theory
  • Still Life Painting & Drawing

  • Portrait Basics

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